Tuesday's News & Ideas - 8/8/2017

  • Evangelicals want papal meeting
  • Pastor Matt's doubt
  • Atheists immoral?
  • Trump & mainline decline
  • Why no new religions?
  • Casserole on the doorstep

Trump's evangelical advisers request papal meeting after critique from Francis' friends
Religion News Service: President Trump's evangelical Christian advisers are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis after a Vatican-approved magazine published a piece condemning the way some American evangelicals and Roman Catholics mix religion and politics.

Pastor Matt's doubt
The Houston Chronicle: To find his faith, this Houston pastor had to rebuild his belief system.

Atheists tend to be seen as immoral -- even by other atheists: study
The (London) Guardian: Religious belief widely viewed as safeguard against "grossly immoral conduct", according to new research

Getting Trump out of my brain
The New York Times: For a time, we lived off the moral capital of the past. But the election of Trump shows just how desiccated the mainline Protestant code has become, David Brooks says.

Why are there no new major religions?
The Atlantic: The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a "baby religion" off the ground.

The Spark

Why Ronald McDonald Houses should welcome homemade casseroles
At The Conversation, Dr. Richard Gunderman takes issue with a decision by a local Ronald McDonald House to ban donations of casseroles and other home-cooked dishes. To Gunderman, a hot dish on your doorstep does more than relieve the burden of meal preparation. It says someone is looking out for you.

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